Kick-off workshop on Seed Systems Development in Addis

May 2019

Addis, Ethiopia

On 17 May 2019, an international multi-stakeholder workshop on Seed Systems Development will take place in Addis, Ethiopia. The Food & Business Knowledge Platform and NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development are organising this workshop in cooperation with the Netherlands' Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Agriculture, the CGIAR and other international partners.

The aim of the workshop is to create interest among key international and regional agrifood sector actors to collaborate on further enabling and scaling genetic improvement and propagation materials (briefly: “seeds”). A large number of experts from the seed sector in various countries and regions, from research, governmental institutions, business and civil society will gather to explore how to tackle major bottlenecks in the functioning of seed systems for smallholder farmers, including through stronger mutual coordination and collaboration.

This event follows a joint kick-off workshop on 15-16 May 2019 for the nine projects funded by NWO-WOTRO within the NL-CGIAR programme as a result of the call for research on Seed Systems Development.